Human-looking social Robot revealed by University in Singapore : comparing it to Star Wars C-3PO

Human-looking social Robot revealed by University in Singapore : comparing it to Star Wars C-3PO


Recently a human-looking robot having a conversation with its creator footage has been released by one of the University in Singapore, comparing it to Star Wars’ C-3PO and suggested tha it can be used as a “social companion for the young and the elderly” in the future.

The “humanoid” called Nadine was created by Professor Nadia Thalmann at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She is SME in virtual humans and a faculty from NTU’s school of computer engineering, the professor said the latest technological revelation is one of “many exciting new media innovations that companies can leverage for Commercialization.”

As per the video university’s website, Nadine looks almost like a human being, complete with soft skin and brunette hair, and is able to smile when she greets people, looks a person in the eye when talking, and also has the ability to shake hands.

In the short video clip - which has been viewed on NTU’s Facebook page close to 24,000 times in just two days - Nadine is seen to shake hands with, and greet, Professor Thalmann. Speaking with a Scottish accent, Nadine says: “I recognise you’re Nadia. Nice to meet you again today.”


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Created to look like Professor Thalmann and powered by intelligent software - said to be similar to Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana - NTU described how, unlike “conventional robots,” Nadine has her own personality, mood, and emotions and that, depending on the conversation being had, she can also express being happy or sad.With “a good memory,” NTU added Nadine can recognize the people she has met and also remembers what that person’s prior conversations with het, insisting humanoids like her may be used as a personal assistant in offices and homes in the future if found stable and not harmfull. Professor Thalmann described how robotics technologies have advanced significantly over the past few decades, adding how they are already being used in manufacturing and logistics efficiently?.